Texas AG details opposition to airline merger

Texas AG details opposition to airline merger

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The long-anticipated merger between American Airlines and rival US Airways could be announced as soon as next week. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

kvue.com

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 1:19 PM

DALLAS (AP) -- The Texas attorney general says he's suing to block a giant airline merger because comments by company executives show they think consolidation will lead to higher prices.

Texas and five other states joined the U.S. Justice Department in suing this week to block the proposed merger between American Airlines and US Airways.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's opposition is notable because Fort Worth-based American is a major employer in the state, and he's running for governor next year.

Abbott says he challenged the merger because top company executives said in internal emails and other comments that they think the merger and shrinking competition "will allow the airlines to pile even more bag fees, ticket change fees and increased fares on customers."

 

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